Meet the Man Who Got HIV While on Daily PrEP

March 4, 2016

Ever since July 2012, when the FDA approved Truvada as PrEP, a pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent getting HIV, its success rate has been, well, perfect. In fact, not a single person adhering to the daily regimen has ever tested HIV positive—and that includes everyone in clinical trials and studies, and the more than 40,000 people ..Read More

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PrEP Fails in Gay Man Adhering to Daily Truvada, He Contracts Drug-Resistant HIV

February 26, 2016

Researchers have for the first time documented a case of an individual contracting HIV, a multi-drug resistant strain, while apparently adhering well to the daily regimen of Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The scientists concluded that it is indeed possible for individuals who are adherent to PrEP to contract HIV when they are exposed ..Read More

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Researchers Find an Alternative to Truvada as PrEP

February 23, 2016

Results from the HPTN 069/ACTG 5305 trial (aptly dubbed NEXT-PREP) are in, and they show that Maraviroc-based regimens are highly effective at preventing HIV. A research abstract dated Sept. 30, 2015 and obtained by HIV Equal showed that among 406 men enrolled at 12 sites, five seroconversions occurred among those being given a version of ..Read More

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Johns Hopkins to Perform First H.I.V.-Positive Organ Transplants in U.S.

February 19, 2016

Johns Hopkins said it was set to perform the first kidney and liver transplants between H.I.V.-positive donors and H.I.V.-positive patients in the United States, a development that advocates said could create a lifesaving pipeline for H.I.V. patients while shortening organ donor waiting lists for all. Dr. Dorry Segev, an associate professor of surgery at the ..Read More

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Left behind: Who’s being treated for HIV in the U.S. — and who isn’t

January 15, 2016

A major insurer said recently it would offer life insurance to HIV-positive people because of their rising life expectancies, prompting cheers from AIDS activists. But on the very same day, the nation’s top disease control official described an America falling far short in its fight against AIDS. It might seem a jarring disconnect — but ..Read More

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H.I.V. Education That Aims to Empower, Not Shame

January 6, 2016

Thanks to medical advances, a diagnosis of H.I.V., while still very serious, is no longer the death sentence it once was. For organizations trying to communicate information about testing and prevention, though, the devastation the virus has caused over the decades remains ever-present. Traditional public service announcements tend to rely on shock and shame, with ..Read More

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Though Not A Death Sentence, HIV/AIDS Still Holds A Powerful Stigma

August 20, 2015

Indiana was hit with an outbreak of HIV/AIDS this spring, and it got a lot of attention because it is so exceptional. Our perception of HIV/AIDS has changed since the disease emerged in the early 1980s. There are all kinds of treatments and resources — things that simply didn’t exist when the epidemic began. In ..Read More

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BREAKTHROUGH: Study Shows Zero HIV Transmissions When Undetectable

July 27, 2015

New research shows probability of transmission is zero while on antiretroviral treatment. A groundbreaking study on antiretroviral treatment showed that the drugs can disable HIV and stop sexual transmission. The randomized study of 1,700 couples was conducted by UNC-Chapel Hill and confirmed a 2011 study that stated ART could prevent transmission of HIV if it ..Read More

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Cuba first to ​eliminate mother-to-baby HIV transmission

June 30, 2015

Cuba has become the first country to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to baby, the World Health Organisation has announced. The WHO’s director general, Margaret Chan, said it was “one of the greatest public health achievements possible” and an important step towards an Aids-free generation. Over the past five years, Caribbean ..Read More

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Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness

May 19, 2015

May 19 is National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a day to break the silence about HIV and AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities and encourage individuals to get tested for HIV. Asians and Pacific Islanders comprise a small percentage of all HIV infections in the United States. Asians accounted ..Read More

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